Day in history for January 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Plummer has purchased the line of hacks which ply between Rock Island and Moline.

1880 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Mitchell, Rock Island banker, today bought the Rock Island Glass Works for $29,000. Sale of the factory was made by James M. Buford as trustee.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Finishing touches are being put to the new annex to the Modern Woodmen of America national headquarters. The society now has $300,000 invested in buildings in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two young bandits critically wounded William S. Batten of Davenport, a street car motorman. The Tri-City Railway Company is offering a reward of $250 for arrest of the holdup men.

1955 -- 50 years ago
As a memorial to William Neff, son of Dr. E.B. Neff of Moline and the late Mrs. Neff, a unique recreation shelter has been constructed and is now in use at Boy Scout Camp Mansur, near Carbon Cliff. The Moliner was killed in an air crash in India during World War II. The William Neff Memorial features a 4-way fireplace in the center of the building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Officials at St. Anne School in East Moline have sent scores of students and teachers home in recent weeks to curb what county health officials say may be the worst of several outbreaks of head lice at area schools.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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